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Oldham Teacher Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Young Boys

By Associate, Personal Injury

Anthony Kerr, a former primary school teacher in Oldham has been sentenced to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to 29 counts of indecent assault involving boys as young as 7 in the 1970s & 1980s. 

Kerr had previously denied the allegations when they first came to light in 2013 but eventually confessed to the crimes following a school reunion earlier this year which prompted many of his victims to come forward.

During his sentencing at Manchester Crown Court, Judge Timothy Mort said that Kerr’s actions had left an ‘inner turmoil’ on the lives of his victims, whilst Detective Constable Sue Chadwick called the abuse ‘shocking and blatant’. She also praised the victims’ bravery in coming forward stating that without this ‘we would not be in a position to see Kerr finally receive his punishment’.

While we at Slater and Gordon, together with the Police, continue to encourage and commend the bravery of sexual abuse victims who have come forward, we feel strongly that it is time for them to have their questions answered.

Instances of sexual abuse involving individuals in positions of authority, as we have seen with Anthony Kerr and also in the recent case of cancer doctor Myles Bradbury in September, are all too frequent and we can only hope that appropriate measures can be introduced to prevent these atrocious crimes from happening in the future.

The impact of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent apology on the systemic failings of the Church and the CSA Inquiry remains to be seen.

Slater and Gordon's team of Sexual Abuse Lawyers have been involved in the ongoing campaign calling for Mandatory Reporting of child abuse to become law. We are strongly of the view that imposing criminal sanctions on those in regulated activities who fail to report suspected child abuse is the right way to go as it may help to prevent further abuse from happening. This sort of legal action for victims, we feel, would speak much louder than words.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers are currently representing numerous victims of alleged sexual abuse at schools including Ashdown House, Chetham’s School of Music and St Paul’s School in London; in addition to representing more than 170 alleged victims of Jimmy Savile.

Our specialist team of Abuse Lawyers are experts in dealing with physical and sexual abuse cases and understand the difficulties victims face in coming forward.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of abuse, either at a school or anywhere else, please contact our Abuse Lawyers for free legal advice; any communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Our contact centre is open 24 hours 365 days a year. Call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and tell us when and where to call you.

Jessica Standley is a Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in physical and sexual abuse claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

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